Corrections officer charged with taking drugs into prison

J.R. Oppenheim
June 28, 2017 05:15 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A New Mexico Department of Corrections officer drug charges after he allegedly smuggled narcotics into a state prison in Santa Fe, according to state police.


Authorities charged John Aragon, 60, with drug possession with intent to distribute following a multi-jurisdictional investigation opened last week, New Mexico State Police Lt. Elizabeth Armijo said Wednesday.

The Corrections Department notified NMSP about claims Aragon brought drugs into the jail and giving them to inmates. According to police, undercover agents set up a meeting with Aragon for him to obtain heroin, suboxone strips and $1,500.

Aragon told an undercover agent he was at the meeting location for the drugs and the money. Officers then took Aragon into custody.

Police said Aragon admitted to receiving $1,500 "for his services" and did not elaborate what those services were. But he said in the interview with officers he sought the drugs and then asked for an attorney.


J.R. Oppenheim

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